En­vi­ron­ment mus­ings

Dear Ed­i­tor

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

I find my­self in the un­usual po­si­tion of sup­port­ing the SNP­dom­i­nated Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Last year Scot­land ex­ceeded its tar­get to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions by 42 per cent, six years early.

How­ever new tar­gets to cut to­tal emis­sion by 66 per cent within 15 years are not good enough for Stop Cli­mate Chaos Scot­land (SCCS) and its chair Tom Ballantine who is­sues press re­leases like con­fetti.

He wants to in­crease the 2050 tar­get to 90 per cent.

In terms of ef­fec­tive­ness SCCS is ir­rel­e­vant de­spite their per­pet­ual rhetoric.

Scot­land has 0.13 per cent of global emis­sions whilst Amer­ica and China to­gether are re­spon­si­ble for 44 per cent of global emis­sions.

China has re­peat­edly said it will not re­duce its emis­sions un­til af­ter 2030 - maybe.

Don­ald Trump has with­drawn from the Paris ac­cord.

I Sug­gest Tom Ballantine gets on a slow boat to China and then vis­its Amer­ica. Clark Cross Lin­lith­gow

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